Research Methods, MW Passer

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Content: research methods Concepts and Connections Michael W. Passer Dear Professor: Among my goals in writing Research Methods: Concepts and Connections was to produce a book that reflects the significant body of research done in Canada and abroad, and to this end, I incorporated studies and other information relevant to Canadian readers. My North American orientation comes from the fact that this is not my first time writing a textbook for such an audience. Along with my colleague Ron Smith at the University of Washington, I coauthored an introductory psychology textbook that was widely adopted in Canada, so much so that after a couple of editions the publisher produced a Canadian edition that still remains popular. And in light of Canada's many contributions to psychological science, it just seems like second-nature to me to incorporate content--often in subtle ways--that makes the book more accessible to Canadian readers. Each chapter in Research Methods: Concepts and Connections opens with one or more vignettes to help draw the reader into the content. In three of the twelve chapters, the opening vignettes feature studies conducted by one or more Canadian researchers, or research conducted with Canadian participants. For instance, in Chapter 4 (p. 106, 108-9, 115-118, and elsewhere), one of two vignettes features a human-factors experiment by Canadian researcher Becky Hooey and her American colleague David Foyle, who work at NASA. Hooey was an undergraduate psychology major at Queen's University, before receiving her M.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Toronto. In Chapter 9 (p. 264-266, and elsewhere), the sole opening vignette features an experiment in applied cognitive psychology/ legal psychology by psychologists Leora Dahl of Okanagan College (Ph.D. from the University of Victoria) and Heather Price of the University of Regina (Ph.D from Simon Fraser University). Note that in these chapters 115-118 and elsewhere in the book, I avoid referring to the researchers I cite as "Canadian" or "American" or "British" or "Australian" psychologists. Instead, where possible, I've called attention to the various subfields from which the cited studies are drawn, to draw attention to the diversity of the research examples used in the book. Still, I've mentioned when a study is Canadian-based. Below I have noted some additional ways I have tried to make the book Canadian-inclusive: · Chapter 2, p. 37, mentions that PsycArticles covers APA and Canadian Psychological Association journals · Chapter 3, p. 68, notes that the US, Canada and other countries have research ethics codes; cites APA and CPA · Chapter 3, Page 76, rather than just use the American term "IRB" for ethics review committees, the names of corresponding ethics review boards in other countries are described in a footnote, including in Canada, "Research Ethics Board: REB" · Chapter 4, p. 119, after discussing a US study on "What constitutes sex", I've mentioned that studies in other countries (Australia, Canada, UK) have found similar results · Chapter 5, p. 149, a study by University of Toronto researchers Doob & Macdonald (1979), conducted in Toronto metro area, is briefly discussed · Chapter 6, p. 179, the chapter opening vignette features a survey of adults beliefs about the paranormal, with data from American, British, and Canadian samples · Chapter 6, p. 185, when discussing behavioral coding systems, and the example of observational research on organized youth sports, I cite youth participation statistics for both the US and Canada (Clark, 2008) · Chapter 7, p. 221, cites recent statistics on both US and Canadian internet use. · Chapter 7, p. 225, cites ongoing unethical polling practices in both the US and Canada (Canadian Press 2009) · Chapter 11, p. 334, in discussing fatal auto accidents involving alcohol, I provide drunk driving/alcohol consumption limits for both the US states and Canadian provinces Sincerely,
Michael Passer
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